Paris: Cathedrals of commerce

Old Mar 10th, 2007, 10:20 AM
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Paris: Cathedrals of commerce

The New York times on the covered passages.

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Old Mar 10th, 2007, 11:04 AM
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I think I should have put covered passages in the title!
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Old Mar 10th, 2007, 11:36 AM
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Cathedrals is pushing it a bit. Paris isn't the only city with covered shopping arcades, after all; and there are plenty with much more ornate ones: Milan, or GUM in Moscow, or the big Victorian covered markets in places like Leeds.
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The article also implies that the shopping arcade is a Parisian invention, which is false. Leaving aside such things as the Grand Bazaars of the Middle East, which were providing covered shopping a thousand years ago, you still have Burlington Arcade in London (1819), the Oxford Covered Market (1774), and even the Arcade in Providence, Rhode Island (1828), all of which predate the Parisian ones.
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Hi fnan what's the name of the one in Rhode Island? I'm in Boston.
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I found it! Built in 1828, the Paris ones date before that.
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